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CIVIL SERVICE OF INDIA.
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CIVIL SERVICE OF INDIA, REGULATIONS FOR THE OPEN COMPETITION
N.B.-The Regulations are liable to be altered in future years.
1. On June 25th, 1878, and following days, an Examination of Candidates will be held in London. At this Examination not fewer than Candidates will be selected, if so many shall be found duly qualified. Of these, will be selected for Presidency of Bengal, [ for the Upper Provinces, and for the Lower Provinces,] for that of Madras, and for that of Bombay. Notice will hereafter be given. of the days and place of Examination.
2. Any person desirous of competing at this Examination, must produce to the Civil Service Commissioners, before the 1st of May, 1878, evidence showing:-
(a) That he is a natural-born subject of Her Majesty.
(b) That his age on the 1st of January, 1878, will be above seventeen years and under nineteen years. [N.B.-In the case of Natives of India this must be certified by the Government of India, or of the Presidency or Province in which the Candidate may have resided.]†
(c) That he has no disease, constitutional affection, or bodily infirmity unfitting him, or likely to unfit him, for the Civil Service of India.
(d) That he is of good moral character.‡
He must also pay such fee as the Secretary of State for India may prescribe.§
3. Should the evidence upon the above points be primâ facie satisfactory to the Civil Service Commissioners, the Candidate will, upon
* The number of appointments to be made, and the number in each Presidency, &c., will be announced hereafter. It will probably be about half the usual number. [It was afterwards announced that 13 Candidates would be selected, 7 for the Presidency of Bengal (4 for the Upper Provinces and 3 for the Lower Provinces), 3 for Bombay, and 3 for Madras.]
† At the Open Competitions to be held in 1979 and 1880, Candidates will be required to be above 17 on the 1st June, and under 19 on the 1st January, of those years respectively. At subsequent competitions they will be required to be above 17 and under 19 on the 1st June of the year in which the competition is held. Evidence of health and character must bear date not earlier than the 1st April,
§ The Fee for this Examination will be £5, payable by means of a special stamp according to instructions which will be communicated to Candidates.
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payment of the prescribed fee, be admitted to the Examination. The Commissioners may, however, in their discretion, at any time prior to the grant of the Certificate of Qualification herein-after referred to, institute such further inquiries as they may deem necessary; and if the result of such inquiries, in the case of any Candidate, should be unsatisfactory to them in any of the above respects, he will be ineligible for admission to the Civil Service of India; and if already selected, will be removed from the position of a Probationer.
4. The Examination will take place only in the following branches of knowledge:
†History of England-including a period selected
English Literature-including books selected by
Mathematics (pure and mixed)
Natural Science: that is, the Elements of any two
Chemistry, 500; Electricity and Magnetism,
Candidates are at liberty to name, before May 1st, 1878, any or all of these branches of knowledge. No subjects are obligatory.
5. The merit of the persons examined will be estimated by marks ; and the number set opposite to each branch in the preceding regulation denotes the greatest number of marks that can be obtained in respect of it.
6. The marks assigned to Candidates in each branch will be subject to such deduction as the Civil Service Commissioners may deem necessary, in order to secure that "a Candidate be allowed no credit at all for taking up a subject in which he is a mere smatterer."
* Marks assigned in English Composition and Mathematics will be subject to no deduction.
† A considerable portion of the marks for English History and Literature will be allotted to the work specially prepared. In awarding marks for this, regard will be had partly to the extent and importance of the periods or books selected, and partly to the thoroughness with which they have been studied.
The Examination will range from Arithmetic, Algebra, and Elementary Geometry, up to the elements of the differential and integral calculus, including the lower portions of applied Mathematics.
§ The standard of marking in Sanskrit and Arabic will be determined with reference to a high degree of proficiency, such as may be expected to be reached by a Native of good education.
7. The Examination will be conducted by means of printed questions and written answers, and by vivá voce Examination, as may be deemed necessary.
8. The marks obtained by each Candidate, in respect of each of the subjects in which he shall have been examined, will be added up, and the names of the *Candidates who shall have obtained a greater aggregate number of marks than any of the remaining Candidates will be set forth in order of merit, and such Candidates shall be deemed to be selected Candidates for the Civil Service of India, provided they appear to be in other respects duly qualified. Should any of the selected Candidates become disqualified, the Secretary of State for India will determine whether the vacancy thus created shall be filled up or not. In the former case, the Candidate next in order of merit and in other respects duly qualified, shall be deemed to be a selected Candidate. A selected Candidate declining to accept the appointment which may be offered to him will be disqualified for any subsequent competition.
9. Selected Candidates before proceeding to India, will be on probation for two years, during which time they will be examined periodically, with a view of testing their progress, in the following subjects :-t
In these Examinations, as in the open competition, the merit of the Candidates examined will be estimated by marks, and the number set opposite to each subject denotes the greatest number of marks that can be obtained in respect of it at any one Examination. The Examination will be conducted by means of printed questions and written answers, and by viva voce Examination, as may be deemed necessary. The last of these Examinations will be held at the close of the second year of probation, and will be called the "Final Examination," at which it will be decided whether a selected Candidate is qualified for the Civil Service of India. At this Examination Candidates will be permitted to take up any one of the following branches of Natural Science, viz.-Botany, Geology, and Zoology, for which 350 marks will be allowed.
10. Any Candidate who, at any of the periodical Examinations, shall appear to have wilfully neglected his studies, or to be physically incapacitated for pursuing the prescribed course of training, will be liable to have his name removed from the list of selected Candidates.
11. The selected Candidates who, at the Final Examination, shall be found to have a competent knowledge of the subjects specified in Regulation 9, and who shall have satisfied the Civil Service Commissioners of their eligibility in respect of age, health, and character,
*Thirteen. See note * on page 3.
Full instructions as to the course of study to be pursued will be issued to the sucoessful Candidates as soon as possible after the result of the open competition is declared.